- Gayle scores twice
- Palace win 2nd PL game of 2016
- Adam put Stoke ahead
- Eagles safe from relegation
Crystal Palace beat Stoke City 2-1 at Selhurst Park as the Eagles secured their place in the Premier League for next season.
The win puts Palace on 42 points, while Stoke are now without a win in five and have 48 points.
An even start to the encounter saw plenty of tackles fly in and Stoke went close as Peter Crouch had a free header from a corner but couldn’t generate enough power on this effort.
Shaqiri was then played in but Wayne Hennessey saved well down low as the Potters continued to push for the opener.
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That opening goal arrived in the 26th minute as Adam latched onto a superb through ball from Marko Arnautovic and drilled home. 1-0 to Stoke.
Pape Souare sent an effort wide after a teasing cross but Palace struggled to get going as Stoke led at half time.
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Gayle then added another with 22 minutes to go as he slipped as he hit a free kick which flew into the top corner. 2-1.
Palace held on for the three points despite Arnautovic rounding Hennesey but putting his effort off target.